CBT Therapist, Clinical Psychologist, Health Psychologist
(offering treatment in English and German)

Bernhard is a registered Behavioural Therapist, chartered Clinical Psychologist and chartered Health Psychologist. Trained in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)* at the University of South Wales (UK) he was also accredited as a Cognitive Behavioural Therapist in the UK with the British Association for Cognitive and Behavioural Psychotherapies (BABCP, the Lead Organisation for CBT in the UK).

Bernhard runs a part-time private psychotherapy practice in Villach and also practises as a clinical psychologist at the Klinikum Klagenfurt am Wörthersee general hospital working with patients receiving treatment for cancer and other chronic and short-term health problems as well as with patients having experienced traumatic injuries. The focus of this work is on alleviating the impact of illness on the mental health of both patients and their relatives.

He previously worked in the UK as a high-intensity Cognitive Behavioural Therapist in the NHS (National Health Service) from 2008 to 2012 within an Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) team. Bernhard is also accredited as a Bereavement Counsellor with Cruse Bereavement Care in the UK.

Bernhard trained in Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) with the Oxford Mindfulness Centre (University of Oxford) and also incorporates mindfulness-based interventions** into his treatment approach. He also holds a Master’s degree in Occupational Psychology from Cardiff University, UK.

In his private practice, Bernhard offers cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)* as well as clinical psychological and health psychological treatment in both English and German to patients of working age or older. He specialises in the following fields:

  • depression disorders (including perinatal and postnatal depression),
  • anxiety disorders (generalised anxiety (GAD), obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), panic, agoraphobia, health anxiety, specific phobias, social anxiety and post-traumatic stress),
  • bereavement and loss,
  • psycho-oncology,
  • adjustment disorders,
  • anger management,
  • stress management,
  • occupational pressures, workplace stress and burnout


Please feel free to contact Bernhard by e-mail on or phone on 0660 837 2440 to have an informal discussion about your needs or to arrange an initial assessment session.

Mag. Bernhard Wagner MSc MA
Registered Behavioural Therapist - Chartered Clinical Psychologist - Chartered Health Psychologist - Occupational Psychologist - Mindfulness Trainer

Private Practice

address: Brauhausgasse 16, 9500 Villach
phone: 0660 837 2440



The Beck Institute for Cognitive Behaviour Therapy defines CBT as follows:

“Cognitive behavior therapy is one of the few forms of psychotherapy that has been scientifically tested and found to be effective in hundreds of clinical trials for many different disorders. In contrast to other forms of psychotherapy, cognitive therapy is usually more focused on the present, more time-limited, and more problem-solving oriented. In addition, patients learn specific skills that they can use for the rest of their lives. These skills involve identifying distorted thinking, modifying beliefs, relating to others in different ways, and changing behaviors.”

To find out more about CBT, please visit the homepage of the Beck Institute for Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, which was founded by Aaron T. Beck, who is regarded as the father of Cognitive Therapy.



The Oxford Mindfulness Centre defines mindfulness as follows:

“Mindfulness is an integrative, mind-body based training that enables people to change the way they think and feel about their experiences, especially stressful experiences. Mindfulness:

  • pays attention to thoughts, feelings and body sensations to become directly aware of them, and better able to manage them;
  • has deep roots in ancient meditation practices and also draws on recent scientific advances;
  • is of potential value to everybody to help find peace in a frantic world. […]

People who have learned mindfulness…

  • experience long-lasting physical and psychological stress reduction;
  • discover positive changes in well-being;
  • are less likely to get stuck in depression and exhaustion, and are better able to control addictive behaviour.”

 To find out more about Mindfulness, please visit the homepage of the Oxford Mindfulness Centre which was integral in the development of Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy.